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Meet the Gorgeous Electric Kettle That Makes the Perfect Cup of Coffee in Minutes (and Saves Thousands in Takeaway Brew)

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Patience is a virtue, except when it comes to coffee. The minute I roll over in the morning to slam my snooze button, I want a cup of joe. Nay—I need a cup of joe. Until that first delicious cup, I am a grouchy, temperamental troll who communicates solely through grunts and shrugs.

Unfortunately, "a good cup of coffee" and "fast" don't typically go hand-in-hand. Most drip coffee makers take ~10 minutes to complete a brew. Single serve coffee makers are fast, sure, but in my opinion, rarely produce anything besides dull bean water. And add up the time, money, and fuel it takes to get to your local boutique cafe, and you might as well splurge on your own state-of-the-art, turbo-speed coffee machine.

Save your pennies and get your hands on this ultra stylish electric kettle from Balmuda instead. It heats up in three minutes flat, boiling water for pour-over coffee in less time than it takes for you to roll yourself out of bed in the morning to get to the kitchen.

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Whether you're an at-home barista or a tea connoisseur, the Balmuda kettle is a must-have that will elevate your drink game tenfold.

First Impressions

Unpacking my new kettle, I just kept thinking, "Wow, this is really pretty." If I could pick one word to describe this sleek vessel, it would be "chic." (Just like I would for its cousin, the ridiculously elegant Balmuda Toaster ($329).)  The kettle's body is made from a powder coated stainless steel that's a minimalist's dream, thanks to its neutral coloring (solid black or white), clean silhouette, and simple design.

Each Balmuda kettle comes with three parts: the kettle itself, a lid, and a power base that plugs into a standard outlet. Everything is the same color, immediately giving it an elegant, cohesive look on your counter top or bar space. But the kettle itself doubles as a work of art: between its lightweight feel, swooping neck, and delicate, glowing lantern feature on the end of the handle, you won't mind leaving this out for company to see.

Fast and functional

Looks aside, this kettle is a game-changer for eager coffee lovers like myself. Whatever you want—coffee, tea, a bag of ramen noodles—can be made in three minutes flat. All you have to do is fill the vessel up with water (it holds 20 fluid ounces, aka, three standard cups of coffee), plug in the power base, and put on the kettle. Don't go too far, though, because it only takes 2-3 minutes to start to boil. Since it's smaller than regular kettles, water boils faster, which is great for fellow caffeine lovers who want their drinks ASAP.

Once it's boiling, remove it from the base and pour. Its gooseneck was actually designed to perfect its flow rate, giving you total control over how fast water comes out and where it goes. Again, this is great for my pour-over coffee game: Not only can I make it faster, but I don't have to worry about whether or not my grounds are covered evenly. Water flows smoothly and steadily, as much or as little as I want it too. I'll raise a glass (of cold brew) to that.

Final thoughts

There are plenty of things in life we have to wait around for—coffee should not be one of them. Satiate your caffeine hankering with this sophisticated electric kettle that'll have you sipping on a cup of Joe in 180 seconds or less. For $149, it's worth the investment, guaranteed to save you (or a very lucky friend) a lifetime of trips and cash at that expensive neighborhood cafe. From classic cups of tea to fancy schmancy lattes and barista-worthy beverages, the Balmuda kettle can do it all, fast and fashionably.

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